Volunteer with great white sharks and conduct marine conservation in Hermanus.

South African Shark Conservancy

Shark Research Conservation Project


Who: South African Shark Conservancy

Where: Hermanus, South Africa

Focus: Great white shark and marine conservation research and education.

When: All year round.

Duration: Min. length of stay – Volunteer from 2 – 8 weeks | Internship min. 8 weeks+

Suitability: Over 18s.

Cost: 2 weeks from R13,000 | 1 month from R25000.

As a volunteer/ intern, you will:

  • Take part in ground-breaking research on sharks.
  • Learn scientific research techniques and skills, shark biology, ecotourism and marine conservation.
  • Cage dive and get face-to-face with great white sharks.
  • Gain hands on experience tagging sharks, collecting biological data and working on research vessels.
  • Have the chance to get up close with a variety of other species of sharks and discover more about these fascinating creatures.
  • Help dispel the myths about sharks by taking part in educational programmes for the public about the protection and conservation of sharks and other marine life.
  • Provide essential field support for a variety of marine and coastal conservation projects.
  • Learn how to set up baited remote underwater video (BRUV) surveillance and deploy the rig at different sites throughout Walker Bay. Analyse the footage and possibly edit it in order to promote SASC’s outreach and education programs
  • Photo ID cetaceans from whale watching tour boats and land-based sites. Record their behavioural data and environmental parameters, then log the data when back as base.
  • Take part in shark and ray surveys. Learn how to prepare bait and tackle set up, measure the length and weight of the fish caught, take fin clips for later analysis, tag and monitor environmental conditions.
  • Take a trip to Betty Bay’s penguin colony.

The Base

Volunteers and interns stay at the Shark Research Program house in Onrus, a seaside suburb of Hermanus. There are 5 shared bedrooms and two bathrooms. There is also a fully equipped kitchen, with fridge, freezer, oven, stove and kitchen utensils. The house is walking distance from a food store, as well as walking distance from the beach. Internet access is available.

  • Sleeping: Shared dormitory with bunk beds.
  • Food: Breakfast is included. Lunch and dinner are self-catering.
  • Number of volunteers: 7
  • Timetable: Monday to Friday (occasional weekend work required).
  • Support: Airport transfer, 24-hour in-country support.


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